The artist formerly known as Tonex, also going by the alias B-Slade announced in bold fashion that he was back performing Gospel music two weeks ago.
Tonex’s comeback concert promoted as “Where’s TONEX?” was supposed to be a celebration of sorts for Tonex to come back to his first love, Gospel music. But if a few Howard University students have their way, no one will show up!
The concert is scheduled to take place September 15 at The Howard Theatre, and the slated performance is causing many students at the school to become quite upset. With a Facebook page created entitled “Don’t support Tonex concert” and a Twitter handle, @BoycottTonex (which as of this morning has been removed). Fans have not forgot the manner in which Tonex left Gospel. To call it going out in a blaze of glory would be an understatement.
In 2008, Tonex announced on PATH MEGAzine that he was no longer a Gospel artist and that he was leaving his record label Verity for good. In 2011, Tonex told PATH exclusively that he is changing his name to B-Slade. It was that controversial interview that Tonex said he was gay, and that he believed that people were born homosexual. Stating that homosexuality is a ‘genetic predisposition’, and not a sin. Then the madness came soon after. Erotic performances at gay night clubs were taped and aired on YouTube. And explicit lyrics flowed from his lips using his new B-Slade identity.
Howard student Angela Powell said, “He’s confused. One second he says he’s not gay then does a tour and says he is. He said he quit gospel but then comes out and says he’s not finished with Christian music yet. He needs to sit down somewhere.”
Curtis Montgomery, a second-year biology major, told AmericaPreachers.com, ”As a Christian, homosexuality is wrong. I don’t support it and I’m glad so many students are standing up and rejecting this concert also.”
Students have posted signs throughout Howard University asking people not to support the concert and to return their tickets for a full refund.
Curtis and Angela are two of many undergraduate and graduate students who will be located outside the concert protesting and handing out Christian music.
Below is the exclusive viral interview Tonex did with PATH publisher Kris Patrick back in 2011.